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Emergency Tips for Pet Owners

Every year, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disaster force people from their homes. While we hope that none of our clients ever have to experience these or any other type of emergency firsthand, we do feel it’s important to be prepared, just in case. For pet owners, that also means including your furry pal in your emergency plans. With hurricane season just around the corner, this seems like a good time to discuss pet emergency planning. Read on as a Neptune Beach, FL vet lists some emergency preparation tips for pet owners.

ID

If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, we advise getting this done ASAP. Your furry pal should also be wearing proper ID tags.

Pet Emergency Kit

We recommend putting together a pet emergency kit. Keep this near your pet’s carrier, so you’ll have everything you need in one spot in case of an emergency. The kit should include bedding, toys, treats, a pet-first aid kit, and dishes. You’ll also want to add a week’s worth of your pet’s food and medicine. If you have a dog, include a leash and collar, as well as some waste baggies. For people with kitties, add a litterbox and litter. Last but not least, include copies of your pet’s vaccinations and medical records.

Fire Safety

Did you know that as many as 1000 fires are started by pets each year? Taking some basic precautions will greatly reduce the chances of this happening in your home. Be very careful with candles: burn them only in high, secure areas, and never leave pets and candles unattended. If you have a deck, avoid using glass pet bowls on it, as this can actually start a fire. If you have a gas stove and a big dog, get childproof knob covers, so Fido can’t turn it on if he accidentally bumps into it.

Planning

It’s always a good idea to have an emergency plan in place. Remember to include your four-legged buddies in all preparations. Make a list of pet-friendly hotels and emergency shelters within about an hour’s drive. Training is also very important. If you have a dog, make sure Fido obeys basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come.

Please contact us, your Neptune Beach, FL animal clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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